Sunday, 26 January 2020

"Golden Ticket" with Steve Burch on 7th Feb

Steve Burch's Golden Ticket
Escape Studios is welcoming back veteran animation producer Steve Burch to our High Holborn campus at 10am on the 7th Feb, this time with a "Golden Ticket" for our students.

Steve, who has worked on animation classics such as The Iron Giant, Space Jam, and Osmosis Jones, is visiting us on Monday to deliver a workshop on the so-called "soft skills" of freelancing, applying for jobs, getting hired, and interview technique.

Animation Producer Steve Burch
Animation "Soft Skills"
Animation "Soft Skills" are an increasingly important part of what we teach at Escape Studios, as we prepare our students for the real world of jobs and freelancing.

Steve will be helping our students to navigate some of the challenges involved in working in the creative industries. These challenges include working successfully in teams, learning how to freelance, and how to set up a small business.

Being a successful animator isn't just about being good at animation; you also need to understand how group projects work, and learn how to collaborate with other artists in a studio environment.

What's in Steve Burch's "Golden Ticket"
  • Creative responsibility - working your way up to lead a team and earn more money.
  • Freelance & small business - invoicing and best ways to getting late invoices paid.
  • Essential tips to remember for getting hired and staying hired!
  • Job applications & successful interview technique
Steve Burch worked on "Iron Giant"
Thinking like a producer
Escape Studios teach our students to think not just in terms of finding work in the animation industry as employees, but also to succeed as freelancers.

Our business is largely project-driven, and it's important to understand how animation and vfx projects are financed, scheduled, and brought to a successful completion.  Knowing how to complete a freelance job successfully is an important life skill for any commercial artist.

It's also important to understand the business environment we operate it. Understanding why deadlines matter makes it much easier to work in a studio, alongside producers who have to get the job delivered on time and on budget.

Tutor: Steve Burch
Steve Burch started out in the animation industry as an effects artist, working on hits such as The Iron Giant, and later moving into production. You can see his extensive list of film credits at IMDB.

Where and when
Steve's class starts at 10am on 7th February in Rapture on the 3rd Floor at 190 High Holborn WC1.

Producing and Freelancing
To see other posts about producing and freelancing, see the links below:


The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To apply for our BA/MArt in 3D Animation, follow this link.  To apply for our storyboarding evening class, visit this page here.  For the next 12 week animation course, click here.

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